Spiritual Learning, Part 1: Head/Heart
Some weeks ago now, my church small group split into two (as small groups that grow should!). We still catch up with each other from time to time, see how each group is growing and changing.
Last time we did a combined dinner, one of the leaders did a short talk/study on the spiritual discipline of teachability. Wiktionary defines teachable as “Capable of being taught; apt to learn; Willing to receive instruction or to learn.”
What does it mean to learn in a spiritual sense, though? People often talk about “head knowledge” vs. “heart knowledge”; knowing something is different from “knowing” it. It’s not enough to simply know and declare something to be true; the real proof that you understand something is in how you demonstrate it through your actions.
Unfortunately, all of us tend to favour one over the other: we place more importance on one aspect of our learning than the other, to our detriment. Some worry too much about understanding and doctrine, but then don’t live it out. Others think that our walk and experience are more important than the deeper details of what we believe to be true, without realising that how and what we think affects the way we act.
Personally, I fall into the first category far too often: I say I care about the Truth, but do I actually let it change the way I live?
What about you: to which extreme do you tend? And how do you combat it in your life? Love to hear from you…
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